Tower Center welcomes nuclear strategist Paul Avey

AveyPaul Avey joins the SMU John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies as a new postdoctoral fellow focusing on nuclear statecraft, foreign policy and international relations.Avey joined the Tower Center on Aug. 1 from MIT where he served as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow in the Security Studies Program. Prior to MIT, he was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Managing the Atom project and International Security Program at Harvard’s Belfer Center for International Studies.

“Paul Avey is one of the leaders of an extraordinary group of young nuclear strategists,” said Joshua Rovner, John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security. “He has done pathbreaking work to bridge the gap between scholars and policymakers by conducting a broad survey of current leaders to discover what kind of research is useful and what influences policy decisions. His effort to encourage this kind of practical political science is the kind of scholarship we encourage at the Tower Center.” FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE

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Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid, Sept. 17

Event: Sept. 17. 5:30pm. Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium, Room 306

Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid. In 1986, anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced that President Ronald Reagan would be “judged harshly by history” for vetoing economic sanctions against South Africa.

Co-sponsored by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and the SMU Center for Presidential History, this event features Dr. Piero Gleijeses, a professor at Johns Hopkins University and one of the leading scholars of the global Cold War and the struggle over Apartheid, and Rozell W. “Prexy” Nesbitt, an educator and speaker on Africa, foreign policy and racism, and an activist in the anti-apartheid movement in the United States.

To register for this event, please visit http://blog.smu.edu/cph/ events/reaganapartheid/. For more information, please contact Brian Franklin at brfranklin@smu.edu.

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Gartner Lecture Series: NoViolet Bulawayo, Sept. 15

EVENT: Sept. 15. 5pm. Umphrey Lee Center, Mack Ballroom

Gartner Lecture Series: NoViolet Bulawayo. SMU alumni and author of this year’s common reading book, We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo (Elizabeth Tshele, M.A. ’07), will discuss her remarkable coming-of-age story and share her experience of leaving her home country of Zimbabwe to pursue the American dream. For more information.

 

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Dedman College students Jessica Leija and Katherine Mejia mentioned in a story about a local publication’s anniversary

KERA News

artworks-000089494752-081kx9-t200x200D Magazine is marking its 40th anniversary with a diverse list of personalities that suggest a new currency of power in the city. A special issue and exhibit at Klyde Warren Park feature portraits of these individuals — GLBT activists, immigrants, and, yes, moguls among them — by photographer Elizabeth Lavin. For this week’s Friday Conversation, D editor Tim Rogers met KERA’s Rick Holter at the park.

Interview Highlights:

…on the assertion over the years that the city of Dallas and D Magazine seek to serve a portion of the city’s residents, and that those are wealthy and white: “We do cater to an exclusive audience. We’re not trying to publish a magazine for everyone. … That core readership; yes, they’re more affluent. They’re the leadership class. We’re not trying to reach everyone in North Texas. So it’s a focused audience, that’s how I’d put it.”

… on including Jessica Leija, valedictorian of Thomas Jefferson High School and now a freshman at SMU, in the ‘D 40′: “In 1974, when D Magazine launched, I believe 12 percent of the student population in DISD was Hispanic. And now it’s 70. And at TJ, where she graduated, it’s 93. That’s been a huge shift and it presents all sorts of challenges. But Jessica is what it looks like when you meet those challenges.”

… on how the city has changed since early issues of ‘D’: “I think maybe the biggest symbol of how the city’s changed is Klyde Warren Park, where you’re standing right now. The highway under our feet was built to enable people to get out to the suburbs as quickly as they could … There are so many changes underway right now that show — I think — that Dallas is waking up and realizing that we only succeed if the heart of the city — if downtown — succeeds.”

D Magazine’s ‘The Dallas 40′ is on newsstands now. See the stories and portraits in this interactive feature.

We checked in with Jessica Leija during her first week at SMU, and found her buddied up with another Thomas Jefferson valedictorian – Katherine Mejia (2013). They both got full rides to SMU after graduating first in their respective classes. People often tell them how successful and influential they’ll be someday. We asked them to share their feelings about power, and how they plan to use their own. Jessica, pictured at right, speaks first. LISTEN HERE

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Tower Scholars Program receives over $4 million in gifts

Dallas Morning News

Gifts totaling more than $4 million will endow and provide operational support for the new Tower Scholars Program at Southern Methodist University.

The program provides an immersion experience for undergraduates in public policymaking through SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.

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Dedman College student Katie Schaible recognized for fundraising success for the American Cancer Society via Relay for Life

SMU Daily Campus

 

SMU student Katie Schaible was recognized Tuesday by the American Cancer Society for raising more money for the organization than any high school or college student with a final count of more than $32,000.

 

During last year’s Relay for Life (RFL), Schaible was one student whose efforts helped the event raise more than $152,000, exceeding its goal of $145,000. Her individual fundraising that year also helped SMU make the top spot out of 25 college relays in the country. READ MORE

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Cal Jillson, Political Science, what if Republicans take over the Senate?

Christian Science Monitor

…In the run-up to the 2016 election, “it would be in the interest of the Republican majority in both houses, should one develop, and President Obama to position their party brands as able to do business,” says Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. READ MORE

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Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin interviewed about helping hate crime survivor Rais Bhuiyan promote a “World Without Hate”

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North Texas High School Students Discovered New Stars During Summer Physics Program

KERA News

Instead of a summer job at the mall, two North Texas high schoolers spent their time off with a telescope. And it was time well spent.

For these astrophysicists-in-training, stargazing over the summer led to five unusual discoveries: new stars.

In some respects, Dominik Fritz and Jason Barton are typical high-schoolers. Jason’s haircut would make a pop star envious and Dominik’s snazzy specs are effortlessly cool. READ MORE

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Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute announces Fall IMPACT Symposium l “Happiness”

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